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1. Knowledge and understanding:
1.1. The student has good knowledge and clear comprehension of how to scrutinize Icelandic and other medieval West-Norse texts in the original language, explain them and put them in an academic context based on selected methods and theories.
1.2. The student has a broad perception of diverse views, methods and ideas that drive research in Viking and medieval Norse studies.
1.3. A master's student has obtained an understanding in an organized manner of the latest knowledge in his academic field.
1.4. The student can use his knowledge and understanding in his research and can take a reasoned stance on problems in Viking and medieval Norse studies.
2. Type of knowledge:
2.1. The master's student is familiar with important matters and problems that are debated in Viking and medieval Norse studies in the international arena.
2.2. The student has gained his knowledge in Viking and medieval Norse studies both with participation in specialised courses, symposia or seminars and his own research.
3. Practical competence
3.1. The master's student can gather, analyse and evaluate scientific data.
3.2. The student can write synopses and papers for academic conferences and can write articles for publication in journals.
3.3. The student has developed the ability to work independently and is prepared to write books on subjects in the area of medieval studies, on his own or with others.
3.4. The master's student understands and can deal with complex matters in an academic context.
4. Theoretical skills
4.1. The master's student can independently evaluate when varying methods of analysis and complex academic issues are appropriate.
4.2. The master's student can demonstrate increased and deepened understanding and broader perception of his academic field than is implied by studies at lower levels.
4.3. The student can place the matter he has in hand in a wider context, make an independent evaluation of a issue debated in Viking and medieval Norse studies and compare his conclusions with those of other academics.
4.4. The student shows in his master's thesis that he can perform large-scale and quality research in an independent manner on matters that are important for progress in academic discourse.
5. Communication competence, information technology and computer literacy
5.1. The master's student can initiate projects in his academic field, administer them and be responsible for the work of individuals or groups.
5.2. The student can take part in academic debate on Viking and medieval Norse studies while respecting and understanding the views of others.
5.3. The student can present academically argued conclusions on issues within Viking and medieval Norse studies, alone or in cooperation with others and equally to an audience of specialists and to the public.
5.4. The student knows diverse means of communicating material concerning the Viking Era and the Norse Middle Ages in today's society, and is competent to use selected means.
5.5. A student can use software that can be used in research within Viking and medieval Norse studies.
6. Academic competence
6.1. The student knows the main ways to maintain his knowledge and skills and is able to gather new knowledge in his academic field.
6.2. The master's student has reached the necessary level of working independently to be able to begin studies at the next level in his academic field.